"Guccifer" Files Further Detail Hacking Spree
Online outlaw's "archive" identifies scores of new high-profile victims
Colin Powell, members of the Bush and Rockefeller families, Obama administration officials, and assorted other public figures, has been far more extensive than previously known, The Smoking Gun has learned.
A large cache of documents reveals that the illegal “Guccifer” incursions have victimized scores of other high-profile victims both in the U.S. and overseas during the past year. The hacker has accessed e-mail correspondence, contact lists, phone records, personal photos, online storage sites, and a wide range of confidential financial documents, including credit card, banking, and investment statements.
“Guccifer” used Brown’s account to obtain the e-mail address of Julian Fellowes (seen above), the British actor/writer who created “Downton Abbey,” and is also a member of the House of Lords. Somehow, the hacker subsequently broke into Fellowes’s Btinternet account and copied a variety of correspondence as well as confidential records related to the 64-year-old’s writing and political careers. One of the documents stolen last May by “Guccifer” was Fellowes’s script for the finale of the latest season of “Downton Abbey.” The hacker, however, apparently did not seek to disseminate the script for the last episode (which aired in England two months ago).Fellowes is not the only House of Lords member to be victimized by “Guccifer.” Documents show that the hacker also raided the e-mail accounts of Sir Francis Brooke and Patricia Scotland, who served previously as the UK’s Attorney General. Scotland’s SkyDrive online storage account was also breached.
* Hemingway, whose AOL account was broken into early last year. That incursion yielded passwords to the 52-year-old star’s web site and Facebook page (which “Guccifer” defaced in late-February). In a note to her followers, a disgusted Hemingway (pictured above) reported being hacked, noting that she “changed everything UGH makes you feel violated.”
* Steven Kandarian, the MetLife chief executive, had his Comcast account raided by “Guccifer,” who stole the 60-year-old businessman’s contact list, divorce records, phone logs, and a variety of personal financial records.
* George Roche, a former Secretary of the Air Force, was one of more than a dozen former U.S. military officials who had their accounts illegally accessed by “Guccifer.” Most of these victims, Roche included, had e-mail accounts with Comcast, a company the hacker seems to have little trouble compromising.
* Kelley had her Yahoo and Earthlink accounts compromised early last year. “Guccifer,” who apparently found the biographer’s e-mail address in Blumenthal’s contact list, read through her e-mails and took months worth of Kelley’s cell phone bills, which listed numbers she dialed as well as calls she received. Kelley told TSG she was unaware of the hacking, but recalled that “Earthlink changed my password twice, I think, without explanation.”
* Laura Manning Johnson, a top Department of Homeland Security official and former CIA analyst. “Guccifer” breached her Comcast account in mid-2013.
* Pulitzer Prize-winning author Diane McWhorter, whose Earthlink, Gmail, and Dropbox storage accounts were raided. “Guccifer” apparently found McWhorter’s e-mail among Blumenthal’s contacts.
* Dean’s Earthlink account was hacked early last year, and “Guccifer” took family photos, assorted correspondence, and personal financial records.*Fitness instructor Denise Austin was hacked early last year. Her Comcast account was broken into shortly after “Guccifer” illegally accessed the e-mail account of Dorothy Bush Koch, sister of George W. Bush (and daughter of George H.W. Bush). Austin’s e-mail address was in Koch’s contact list, which the hacker copied.
The “Guccifer” archive shows that he also accessed the e-mail accounts of numerous members of the Council on Foreign Relations. The hacker obtained the e-mail addresses of hundreds of CFR figures after he broke into the account of one member and accessed private contact lists.Additionally, the hacker’s work product reveals that he illegally accessed the e-mail of a New York company that handles security matters for corporations and wealthy individuals. “Guccifer” took a variety of reports detailing confidential work done by the firm, including a $40,000 security review commissioned by a hedge fund billionaire who wanted assurances that a duplex apartment his daughter, a college student, planned to rent while studying in Paris was safe.
Similarly, after “Guccifer” hacked the e-mail and Facebook accounts of an Obama administration appointee, he somehow maintained access to the victim’s telephone records. Those documents, “Guccifer” discovered, revealed that the FBI contacted the federal official immediately after the hacking was reported by TSG.Though publicizing his continuing criminal activity could provide federal agents with new leads and investigative avenues to pursue, “Guccifer” professed to be carefree despite his status as one of America’s most wanted hackers: “NO I am not concerned, i think i switch the proxies go to play some backgammon on yahoo watch tv, play with my family and daughter.” The hacker wrote of buying a “new powerful computer” to help continue his illegal activities. Noting that he would be “back in business,” “Guccifer” closed one e-mail with a one-word declaration: “HAAAACKKKK!”
Perhaps these documents indicate that “Guccifer” thinks the end is near. Or maybe he just stole them from somebody’s Inbox.